May 20, 2022

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Canceled late fees at the Montreal Library

Canceled late fees at the Montreal Library

In a press release published Wednesday, the city of Montreal qualified Strong gesture This decision was taken in conjunction with all boroughs.

According to the New Testament Will be considered this summer Entered by the Montreal Administration and just now, a subscriber file blocked for not submitting one or more documents more than five days late. However, no fee will be charged to the customer if the latter returns the documents.

After a 32-day delay, the document is declared lost and the user must pay its value as well as the administration fee of $ 5. If the document is returned, administrative costs along with its value will be refunded to the customer. Payment will be made for return of documents, While encouraging an increase in the retention rate of subscribers.

The North American movement, which advocates the abolition of late fees, aims to maintain access to libraries for the most vulnerable in society.

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Prior to the outbreak, a fee of 25 cents was charged on each document from the first day of delay. The user file will be blocked as soon as the $ 3 fine for adults and $ 2 for children is reached.

In 2019, the late fee paid on the Montreal Library Network was less than $ 700,000. These proceeds were paid into the treasury of the arrears.

The city says citizens and families have avoided using the library because of late fees. The abolition of these fees is aimed at bringing these subscribers and subscribers back to the library., We will explain in a press release.

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The Ville de Montreal Network has 45 libraries in 19 metropolitan areas.

The abolition of late fees in libraries is part of the Fine Free Libraries movement that began a few years ago in the United States.